'Peace in Yemen is possible,' UN chief Guterres tells FRANCE 24
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres granted an interview to FRANCE 24 on the sidelines of a donor conference in Geneva to raise funds for war-torn Yemen. The UN chief discussed the conflict there, as well as the situations in Syria and the Gaza Strip, plus the current Cold War climate between Moscow and the West.
Speaking to FRANCE 24 from Genevaon Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General announced that "more than $2 billion (€1.6bn)" has been pledged in aid for the war-torn country. The UN had appealed for $3 billion (€2.4bn).
Guterres hailed "a remarkable success for international solidarity with Yemen". He stressed that the priority now is to guarantee full humanitarian access and find a political solution to the conflict, adding that he has discussed the issue with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Guterres told FRANCE 24 that "peace is possible" in Yemen, but "there are still many obstacles to be overcome" in order to succeed.
Turning to the war in Syria, the UN Secretary-General said he was concerned about a possible partition of the country. He also expressed indignation at seeing the ceasefire demanded by the UN Security Council so blatantly violated in Eastern Ghouta.
Regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip, Guterres said he feared a new flare-up of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, given the paralysis of the peace process.
Finally, the world's top diplomat warned against the return of a Cold War climate to the United Nations, stressing that the situation is perhaps even more dangerous today, due to the absence of consultation mechanisms between major world powers.